March 28, 2018 - by
Fifth-ranked Baseball Hosts No. 18 Louisville

2018 Game Notes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 5 Florida State (20-6, 5-4 ACC) hosts No. 18 Louisville (18-6, 4-5 ACC) for a three-game series beginning Thursday evening on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles have won seven of 10 matchups against the Cardinals since Louisville joined the Atlantic Coast Conference prior to the 2015 season.

FSU swept a two-game series at Louisville to end the regular season in 2017, then beat the Cardinals a week later in the ACC Tournament. Louisville was a top-five team in all three games and the top seed in the ACC Tournament. FSU’s series win at Louisville (third game was rained out) was the first series loss for the Cardinals at home since joining the ACC.

FSU fell 1-0 to No. 2 Florida at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville Tuesday. Junior Andrew Karp allowed just four hits and struck out seven in his first career complete game. Louisville’s mid-week game against Cincinnati was postponed until May due to inclement weather. The Cardinals have dropped two-of-three games in each of their past two ACC series, on the road at Wake Forest and at home last weekend to Clemson.

Leftfielder Jackson Lueck is the reigning ACC Player of the Week after hitting .368 with 10 RBI and three home runs against No. 21 UCF and at North Carolina. FSU went 4-1 last week, sweeping the Knights and taking two-of-three from the Tar Heels. Second baseman Nick Derr also added two home runs and 10 RBI, including an eighth inning grand slam that broke a 4-4 tie at UNC on Sunday.

FSU’s pitching rotation will remain the same for the fifth-straight weekend, with Cole Sands anchoring the opening slot, followed by lefthanders Drew Parrish and freshman Austin Pollock. CJ Van Eyk picked up his first career win last week at North Carolina, pitching the final 4.2 innings on Sunday without allowing a run.

On Tuesday, head coach Mike Martin announced that centerfielder J.C. Flowers would miss 6-8 weeks after ungoing jaw surgery on Wednesday. The Orange Park, Fla., native left Sunday’s game at North Carolina after a collision at second base when Tar Heel shortstop Ike Freeman’s knee hit Flowers’ jaw, causing both players to eventually leave the game. Flowers has started 90 games over his first two seasons in Tallahassee.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Shawn Davison (PxP) and Chip Baker (Commentary)
ACC Network Extra – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, March 30, 2018
Shawn Davison (PxP) and Chip Baker (Commentary)
ACC Network Extra – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 31, 2018
Shawn Davison (PxP) and Chip Baker (Commentary)
ACC Network Extra – 1:00 p.m.

PITCHING MATCHUPS
Thursday – RHP Cole Sands (FSU) vs. LHP Adam Wolf (Louisville)
          Sands – 4-1, 5.51 ERA; Wolf – 3-1, 1.66 ERA

Friday – LHP Drew Parrish (FSU) vs. TBA (Louisville)
          Parrish – 2-0, 2.17 ERA

Saturday – LHP Austin Pollock (FSU) vs. LHP Nick Bennett (Louisville)
          Pollock – 2-1, 3.86 ERA; Bennett – 2-0, 1.80 ERA

MARTIN CLOSING IN ON RECORD
Head coach Mike Martin is just 12 wins away from becoming college baseball’s winningest coach. Martin is 1,964-700-4 over 39 seasons at Florida State and trails the late Augie Garrido (1,975) for the most in NCAA history. Martin’s .738 career winning percentage is the best among active coaches.

Garrido passed away March 15, leading Martin to say, “College baseball and the world lost one of the finest men in our coaching profession. Augie dedicated his life to making young men better people. He will be deeply missed by myself and many others.”

For more information on Florida State baseball, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSUBaseball), Facebook (/FSUBaseball), and Instagram (@NoleBaseball).

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